Mountain Road

The DoI will again this morning try to start its work on the Mountain Road. Weather permitting, the road will close from 9.15am until no later than 4pm today and tomorrow.

Christmas Post

Isle of Man Post Office has announced details of its Christmas arrangements for 2021 including last recommended posting dates, opening and closing times, and collection and delivery times across its services for the festive period, along with other important information for customers.

The last recommended posting dates to international destinations start from Monday November 29; for a full list of posting dates for international destinations customers should refer to

For friends and family of HM Forces personnel, mail must be sent by no later than Thursday November 25 for operational British Forces Post Office (BFPO) and for static BFPOs no later than December 2. Don’t forget friends and family can continue to send letters and parcels up to 2kg free of charge to any BFPO address.

The last posting date for sending letters, large letters and packets to the UK via first class mail (no delivery date guarantee) is Monday December 20; the last posting date for Special Delivery and Parcelforce express24 to UK as well as local to local letters, large letters and packets is Wednesday December 22 The local to local Special Delivery deadline is Thursday December 23.

Stop At Red Lights

Seems surprising this needs to be said, but the Police have had to remind drivers that they face points on their licence for driving through red lights.

A post on social media said: ‘Please be considerate of others and stop at red traffic lights. We have just dealt with a driver in Ballasalla who ran a red light, causing the opposing traffic to wait on a green for them to pass. Is it worth £120 and 3 points to save a couple of minutes?’

Saving Phone-boxes

Thousands of UK phone boxes could be protected from closure under plans announced by telecoms regulator Ofcom. It said that for people without a mobile or in areas with poor mobile coverage, payphones ‘can be a lifeline’ for making calls to friends and family or contacting emergency services and helplines.

Proposed new rules would mean a phone box cannot be removed if its location is not already covered by all four mobile networks or if it is near an accident or suicide hotspot. It is estimated that around 5,000 phone boxes around the UK would be protected from removal under its proposed new rules.

Marcus Rashford’s Mum

Footballer Marcus Rashford has dedicated his MBE to his mum and vowed to continue his campaigning to help vulnerable children.

Image: PA Media

The Man Utd striker was honoured by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has been recognised for his drive to ensure no child in need went hungry during the pandemic. His campaigning led to Boris Johnson’s Tory gov to u-turn over its offering to children when schools were closed.

Do As I Say…

A Green Party council leader has apologised after facing criticism for flying to the COP26 climate summit. Brighton & Hove City Council leader Phélim Mac Cafferty said he chose to fly to Glasgow because of ‘the unreliability of the rail network’. But he has faced calls to quit and been called a ‘hypocrite’ for not using more environmentally-friendly rail travel. He said that decision ‘was a major failure of my judgement’ and goes against his party’s principles.

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